Christine L. Mast
Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP
Suite 4000, 303 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Firm Web Site: www.hpylaw.com
2021-2022 Diversity and Inclusion Chair, Webinar Committee - 2016-2017, 2017-2018; Diversity and Inclusion Committee Vice Chair - 2019-2020; Diversity & Inclusion Chair 2021-2022;
- Insurance Law
- Lawyers, Professionalism & Ethics
- Professional Liability
Practice and Personal Background
Christine is a go-to attorney for legal professionals faced with malpractice claims, lawsuits, disciplinary, licensing, and ethics issues. More than 25 years’ experience defending lawyer claims gives Christine a unique Jack-of-all-trades knowledge base coupled with deep understanding of legal standards of care and ethical requirements, enabling her to swiftly assess each situation, drawing on her expertise in her clients’ specific practice area, to develop an effective and appropriate defense and resolution strategy. Christine creatively counsels and advises clients in diffusing, avoiding or mitigating claims, often persuading the opposition of the lack of a viable claim altogether. When litigation is inevitable, Christine is called upon for her strong advocacy on behalf of her clients, guiding them through trial while minimizing the impact on her clients’ reputations and livelihoods. Her candor and straightforward manner is a proven asset to Christine’s attorney clients in both trial and appellate advocacy and dispute resolution with party opponents. Her successful representation is evident in a long list of appellate decisions affirming favorable rulings for her clients. Most notably, Christine argued and won a landmark case before the Georgia Supreme Court in Leibel v. Johnson, resulting in a unanimous decision limiting expert testimony in legal malpractice cases and reversing a multi-million dollar judgment against her lawyer-client. A testament to her skillful, pragmatic handling of serious and sensitive claims, Christine’s former litigation opponents seek out her advice, counsel, and when necessary, her defense when they find themselves on the wrong end of a claim. A natural complement to her defense of legal professionals, Christine defends litigants and their counsel against sanctions and protects lawyers in licensing and disciplinary matters. Christine was named as one of Georgia’s top 100 lawyers in 2019 by Super Lawyers and was selected by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year for Legal Malpractice Defendants in 2015. Christine also represents insurance agents and brokers, appraisers, surveyors and other professionals. She also has experience handling insurance coverage disputes, general liability defense, and business litigation matters. Christine has also served as an adjunct professor at the Emory School of Law.
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